How To Host Family and Friends For Hayya Visa Qatar (2024)

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After the success of the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar has relaunched the Hayya platform with new features and options for applying tourist and business visas. Most visitors have the option of staying with their friends and relatives, but their hosts have to register the accommodation on the Hayya portal.

This article will explain how citizens and residents of Qatar can register host family and friends for Hayya Card approval.

Latest Updates

10 FEBRUARY 2024 UPDATE: The deadline for entry under the Hayya With Me (C) scheme came to a close on February 10, 2024. The last date of stay in Qatar will be February 24, 2024.

APRIL 2023 UPDATE: Now you can register only one property and accommodate up to five guests per property. Earlier it was 5 properties and 10 guests per property. Another change is that the host should add the guest before the guest applies for Hayya Card.

Accommodation Requirement For Hayya Card

As part of the Hayya Card approval process for international visitors, you must confirm where you will stay in Qatar. Below are the options available now:

a) Discover Qatar Hotel booking

Visitors can book hotels through Discover Qatar website. A wide range of hotels suitable for every budget is available through this. For some categories of visas, Discover Qatar hotel booking is compulsory.

b) Book Regular Hotel

Accommodation can be booked through hotel/holiday websites or other portals like Tripadvisor. If the visitor is selecting this option, they have to upload their booking details on the Hayya portal using “Upload Other Platforms Booking”.

Upload Other Platforms Booking on Hayya
Upload Other Platforms Booking on Hayya

c) Stay with Family or Friends

Staying with family or friends is the cheapest and most convenient option as you could enjoy a few days in Doha without spending much. However, if you opt for this option, your host must register their property on the official Hayya portal and add your details. Read below to learn how a host can register his/her property.

Requirements To Host Family And Friends

The following are the requirements to host family and friends for Hayya:

  • The host should be 18 years old and over.
  • The host should be a Qatari citizen or resident with a valid QID.
  • The host should own or rent the property.

Please note that a Hayya card is NOT required for the host unless he/she is attending a match.


How To Host Family and Friends For Hayya

Residents who host families and friends must register their properties and verify the visitors’ information as below:

Step 1: Go to the Hayya Qatar website

The website link is https://hayya.qa/

Step 2: Sign in using the “My Hayya” account

Click on “My Hayya” at the top right. Sign in using your email ID and password.

My Hayya button on the Hayya portal
“My Hayya” button on the Hayya portal

If you don’t have a Hayya account, you can create an account by clicking on “My Hayya”.

Step 3: Click on “Accommodation” and select “Host Family & Friends”

This is a drop-down menu on the top-right of the page.

Step 4: Enter your QID number and date of birth

  • Agree to the Legal Liability Disclaimer.
  • Enter your Qatar ID number and date of birth. Click on “Validate my QID”.
  • You will receive an OTP as an SMS on your registered phone number. Enter the OTP and click on “Verify OTP”.
Hayya Portal Host Details.

Step 5: Enter your property details

  • You must provide the property name, zone number, street number, building number, and unit number. The property name can be anything you can identify, especially if you have more than one property. The unit number can be “1” if you live in a villa.
  • Choose if you own this property or rent this property.
  • Upload the property deed, lease agreement or utility bill. National Address Certificate is also being approved.
  • Click on “Validate & Add”.
  • The property will be added to your list.
  • You can add only one property under your name (April 2023 update).
Hayya Portal Host Property Details

Step 6: Enter the guest details

  • Select the property and click on the “Manage Guests” button.
  • Enter your guest’s name, passport number, nationality, and email ID.
  • Click on the “Add” button.
  • Once the application is submitted, the guest’s Hayya Card application will be validated automatically. The guest will receive an email that he/she has been invited to stay with you.
  • You can add a maximum of 5 guests per property (April 2023 update).

Here is a video explaining the procedure to add family and friends to Hayya account:

What The Guest Needs To Do

The guest only needs to apply for a Hayya Card.

The guest details will be matched using the name, passport number and nationality. The guest’s accommodation arrangements will be validated upon confirmation of the details.

Hayya Contact Center

For support, international guests can call (+974) 4441 2022 and Qatar residents can call 800 2022. You can also email [email protected]

READ NEXT: Hayya With Me (1+3) Voucher Option To Bring Guests


Frequently Asked Questions


How many family members or friends can I host?

You can register only one property and accommodate up to five guests per property.

Can I register a property if I don’t have a tenancy contract under my name?

You can use your National Address Certificate or utility bill in place of tenancy contract.

Can I change property details after registration?

A property can only be deleted if no guests are assigned to it. Once a property is added and has guests assigned to it, it cannot be deleted or changed.

Related Articles:

  1. How Hayya Card Holders Can Visit Qatar in 2023
  2. How To Get Hayya Entry Permit & FAQ
  3. How To Buy Mandatory Health Insurance For Visitors
  4. Hayya With Me (1+3) Voucher Option To Bring Guests

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  1. Hi,
    My mother in law is coming to Doha….her Hayya is approved and i have added her in my invitee list for which she has received the confirmation email. She uploaded the PDF of that email as the invitation proof. However, she is still to receive the confirmation for the same. Please advise what to do next??

  2. Hi
    I have recieved two voucher code for my sister and her son. With that, i have applied for haya card for them and got approval . After that i need to host them , bi mistakely i login my sisters haya account and fill all the details like i have given my qid , my propert details etc and finally manage guest came so i add my sister and hers son, name ,passport number, nationality. So the invitation email from her came to my email like my sister has invited me to host in qatar with all the property details like zone street etc . Now what i will do?. It must go to her email id like i have invited her to stay here.
    Will it be problem in the airport for them to come to qatar ?
    How can i check her accomodation is approved ? Please guide me. If you dont mind could you give me contact number to ask about this to more detail.

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Shemi, This mistake has happened with others also, but they were not denied entry. Scan the QR code on their Entry Permit and see if their accommodation status has changed. Keep all documents including your QID copy, tenancy contract, email print out etc.

  3. Hi, hope all is well.
    I just wanted to ask if residents can invite guests without hosting them in private accommodations/listing accomdation. If yes, how? Kindly reply, thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Disha, If the visitor has approved Hayya Entry Permit, but is not invited by any Qatar resident, visitor will need hotel booking.

  4. There is something wrong while the host of my cousin. Can you please tell me how many days I have to book a hotel for them?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Maya, Nowadays visitors are allowed entry with even one day hotel booking. However we suggest that you confirm with Hayya helpline on 800 2022.

  5. Do i need to add dependents names also in hosting list ?
    I added the main applicant. Do i have to add dependents names also ?

  6. My sister is coming from UK on March 15…she got entry permit and accomodation approval….but the mistake is we entered the host family and friends option in her hayya portal itself uploaded all the documents and got validated and got accomodation approval in her email…in this case we can able to travel??
    we booked the tickets and all …can u please help me…
    They ask to show the approval email in immigration

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Nivetha, If the invitation email has all details of the host, it should be OK. Just print it out along with host’s QID copy and tenancy agreement copy.

      1. Invitation email has every details about property except the host name … invitation email is necessary while entering they will check during immigration ….

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Nivetha, It will be checked during check-in (by airline staff). Even if the invitation email doesn’t have name, keep copies of the host’s QID and blue address plate.

      1. Doha Guides Team

        Hi Novi, We have seen people coming on one day hotel booking and staying for longer period, but we cannot confirm if this is the correct way. If you are going to stay longer, our advice is to add yourself as a guest to any Qatar resident’s accommodation. This can be any friend or family member. By doing so, you don’t have to worry about hotel.

  7. Hi, The Hayya web App “Accommodation” on the Website is missing to add the Host and family data. Please advise. Any other alternatives?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi RS, Normally you can find it on the Hayya home page (before login). If you can’t find it you can create another another account with another email id.

  8. hi. What will be the next step after i added my friends thru hayya? She recieved already an email that im inviting her. Thank you

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Ki, Nothing else to be done. Soon her Hayya Entry Permit’s accommodation status will be updated. Even if it doesn’t update she can travel will the invitation email and other documents.

  9. Hi DG,
    Once the Host added visitor details in their hayya, in the same way the visitor also should upload the same tenancy contract again in their hayya also inorder to get approval.

    Pls clarify.

    1. Hi Karthik, No, nothing needs to be done from the visitor’s account. Once the host adds the visitor, the system will match it with the visitor’s passport number and link them automatically. The visitor will get an invitation email from Hayya. Sometimes it would take time to update the visitor’s accommodation type. Usually it is done within 48 hours. Even if the accommodation type shows blank, the invitation received on email (and other documents like Hayya Entry Permit) is good enough to travel.

  10. On my hayya entry permit it is written download the app.. i don’t know which app should be downloaded? Or Is hayya app is compulsory to download or only hayya entry permit is required at airport?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Aisha, the app is “Hayya To Qatar 2022”. You can download and login with the same email and password used for Hayya account. The printed entry permit is enough at airport as they can scan the QR code.

  11. Good Day! We have approved Hayya Card for FAN. The Host add the QID and Property in FAN ID instead of his own. Now the Property is registered and Guest received Email but from his own Hayya Account.

    How to Change / Delete QID from FAN Card ?? Or Can delete property from FAN that the Host can configure in his account.

  12. While adding accomodation, email id of guest was mistakenly type wrong and couldn’t get a invitation mail so the host tried to add it again with right mail id but it shows that this is already added in your guest list..on the other the accomodation type of guest is also showing the status of host family and friends..is accomodation is added to guest account or not?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Saira, It seems the accommodation is already matched with guest’s passport number. You can contact Hayya Support at [email protected] or or (+974) 4441 2022 and request for change of email id.

      1. Accomodation proof tenancy contract and house blue plate host QID are enough to show at immigration? If i don’t have invitation email due to spelling mistake..

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Saira, It depends on the staff at check-in. It would be better to confirm with your airline in advance.

        2. I had same issue, mail id mistake, problem solved u got invitation mail?
          Family arrived already to qatar?

          Whats procedure elaborate please..

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Mubeen, That will not work. Other platform is for hotel booking. For hosting a guest, you need to do all the steps as explained above (Validate QID, upload contract, get invitation email).

      1. I suppose to host my cousin with my hayya card but mistakenly I used her to host herself. So now it shows she is hosting herself. On this bases how many hotel days do I have to book? Please kindly inform me that are coming on this 6th. I try to call hayya customer services some say 1 day some say 2 days. Please do lemme know if anyone knows about this.
        Thank you

        1. Doha Guides Team

          Hi Maya, If your cousin has already received invitation email, that is fine. Even if applied through her account, there will be a QID number and tenancy contract which is validated. Just scan her Entry Permit QR code and see if accommodation status is showing as “host family and friends”. If yes, no need to book hotel.

  13. Hi, I am a Qatar resident wanting to host my husband who is coming with hayya voucher. I don’t rent a property under my name?. What can I do?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Sitti, You can request any of your friends who have a tenancy contract under their name. Note that in that case, the hosting request should be through your friend’s Hayya account (not yours). Officially, the friend will be the host.

  14. Hi, I already have a approved Hayya Card with other platform booking as I was in Qatar during the FIFA cup. Now I want to stay with family in Qatar. How can I change my accomodation from other platform booking to Staying with friends and family?
    My family has now registered his property for hosting me.

    Will my Hayya Card be updated automatically?

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Garima, If you have received invitation email (after your family added you as guest), your Hayya account will be updated. If there is no change even after couple of days call Hayya helpline.

  15. I applied for hayya card by using hayya with me voucher code..now how can i add accomodation..i m gonna live there with my family.. what’s the procedure for accomodation,is it will be added by me or by the host? Host is qatar resident but don’t have hayya card or hayya account

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Saira, It should be done by the host in his account. He doesn’t need a Hayya Card. He can make new Hayya account with his email id and validate account using his Qatar ID number and mobile number. Please read the above article carefully or watch the video. All steps are explained.

  16. Hai . While adding accomation invitation mail id typed was wrongly done .so my guest couldn’t get invitation for accommodation…There is no edit option too .. what can I do further … what proof can host show for the accommodation invitation

    1. Doha Guides Team

      Hi Diana, Try if you can add the guest once again with correct information. You can add up to 10 guests under one account.

  17. hi, i added my family into family and friends using my rentel agreement.
    but rentel aggrement will finish end of this month. my question is can i bring my family after agreement finish?

  18. Hello..
    Am trying to add accommodation to host family and friends but when I type Id and my date of birth for validation, it’s showing QID already in use. What should we do?